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changed since 2008. hopefully wall street will listen. thanks for joining the conversation. we're here every saturday, 1:00 p.m. eastern and sunday at 3:00 p.m. find me on facebook and tweet me, my handle is @ali velshi, i read every message. have a great weekend. hello, everyone. welcome to the newsroom. i'm fredricka whitfield. one down and two presidential debates to go. there could be more than one october surprise. first, mitt romney, the overall consensus, he had the big within in the first debate wednesday night. then thursday, he made headlined by saying his 47% comment of americans don't pay taxes is a mistake. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of
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speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. i said something that was completely wrong. >> and friday, another october surprise. president obama getting a boost with the new unemployment rate report. the rate dipping below 8 persh for the first time since the president took office in 2009, which brings us to the next surprise. the obama campaign cash that was raised last month. september proved to be a lucrative month for the president's re-election campaign. democrats raised $181 million. that's a record. joining me live from washington, peter hamby. that's a whole lot of cash raised. very amazing. say many, and all in one month. how was it done? big donors, small donors, what? >> the campaign says 98% of this money came from people giving $250 or less. sptd was a very big month for
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democrats. polls show that the convention really brought home the democratic base and these numbers just reaffirm it. this is the biggest monthly total of this campaign. this is the money that the obama campaign and the democratic national committee have collected together. it means they're only about $50 million short of raising $1 billion for this whole campaign. so they're almost certainly going to outpace that in the next month. this is a big symbolic lift for the obama campaign after that really bad debate. they had the jobs numbers on friday and this today. it helps the campaign reassure their base and their supporters that hey, things are going on track. jim messina, the obama campaign manager sent out an e-mail touting the numbers. it reassures the base, saying forget about the debate. the people are with us and we have the money to carry the campaign forward. >> sometimes timing is everything. how crucial is this boon in cash collections with just a month to
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go before election day? >> it's tremendous. again, the debate was one thing, but the campaign is being waged in a series of battleground states on television airwaves, in mailboxes. really trying to reach voters. the romney campaign has said they have been saving up a bunch of money for this last sort of stretch. this money also shows that the obama campaign really can count on small donors and online fund-raising and raising money from text messages. they had started doing that this year, too, in a way that the romney campaign cannot. republicans have criticized romney for spending a lot of time in high-dollar fund-raisers, taking time away from the campaign trail, but he has to do that because he doesn't have the connections with the grassroots that barack obama has had. however, the romney campaign had a fund-raising boost after that debate performance the other night, fred. >> particularly, this kind of money will help in those campaign ads in those swing states, florida being one of them. colorado, ohio, virginia? >> yeah, that's right.
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and think about this, the romney campaign didn't run television ads during the democratic national convention or the republican national convention. a cardinal rule of politics is when you go on tv, you stay on tv. the romney campaign broke that and it hurt them in the polls heading into that debate. however, as that new yorker cover that's coming out next week sort of captured the zeitgeist, he had a strong debate performance. his campaign says they raised $12 million in the course of 48 hours just in that day after the debate, but they haven't released their fund-raising numbers. we shall see what their numbers are pretty soon here. >> peter hamby, the new yorker having fun, showing romney talking to an empty chair, trying to symbolize that the president wasn't completely present in that wednesday debate. thanks so much. peter hamby in washington. >> the drop in the unemployment rate is a big headline from the jobs report, but is that what we
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should be focusing on right now? cnn's chief business correspondent ali velshi weighing in. >> fred, so there are a couple things at play here. first, the unemployment rate, the drop from 8.1% to 7.8%. throw it out, erase it from your head. it doesn't matter. the thing you need to concentrate is the number of jobs that were actually created. 113,000. that's right around where we thought it would be. it's not an inspiring number. it doesn't say that things are bad. it doesn't say that things are good. what you want to be measuring is whether or not over time we are creating jobs. we're adding jobs to the u.s. economic landscape. the unemployment rate measures something different. that's a set of phone calls that go to people's houses to find out whether they're employed, whether they work at home, whether they're self-employed. it's a less reliable number because it shifts and measures different things on an ongoing basis. the number of jobs created minus
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jobs loss is an absolute number over time. if you look back, we were losing on average about 750,000 jobs a month. it started to get better through 2009, 2010, we saw a census bump that created jobs in the beginning of the year. then we saw a drop off. from the middle of 2010 onward, we have been creating jobs. the most important thing, though, out of today's numbers is not the drop in the unemployment, this weekend's numbers is not the drop in the unemployment rate. it's the addition of jobs in the previous two months. july and august, we added 86,000 more jobs than we thought we had. that is typical to see the numbers revived, so bottom line as you walk away from the jobs report, it's okay. it's not fantastic. it's not something for barack obama to crow about. and it's not really enough for mitt romney to criticize. fred. >> all right, ali velshi, thanks so much. the next jobs report coming just four days before november's vote. let's dig a little deeper into
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the numbers. rick newman is with me. he's the chief business correspondent at u.s. news and world report and the author of the book "rebounder." these numbers are funded by the analysts, but are americans comforted in any way by the new numbers? >> that's a great question. whether we should pay attention to the unemployment rate or not, we're certainly going to be hear aglot about it. it's almost all president obama has been talking about for the last day and a half. it's certainly going to be out there. what is interesting, fredricka, is americans have slowly been feeling better about the economy. i think what's been goingon is a lot of small things have very slowly been getting better. and overall, this is adding up to voters who are more optimistic than economists think they should be in some cases. we have seen almost all of the consumer confidence surveys, for example, improve fairly significantly over the last few months. if you look what's going on in the real economy, there are things that might explain what is happening.
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i can tick off a few if you want. >> please do. >> i think the most important thing is that the housing bust has ended. and this is not just a statistical thing. this is a big deal if you're a homeowner, even if you're not planning to buy or sell a home because you might finally know that the value of your biggest asset is no longer plunging. i mean, that's a big deal, and it makes people feel a little more secure about their finances. another thing that happened is the pace of lay-offs has gotten very low. the numbers of lay-offs we have been seeing are the lowest in more than a decade. what that means is if you have a job, your job security is pretty good. you know, you're a little less worried about getting laid off. americans have slowly been paying down their debt, one exception to that, student loans. of course, people getting student loans are getting education for their money. they're not spending it on cars or clothes. other debt has been going down. this is taking a long time, and it's going to continue to take a long time, but in these very
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slow and almost imperceptible ways, the economy is healing. >> is there any reason to believe that when those new job numbers come out just four days before election day, that they wouldn't be consistent with this kind of pacing? something that we saw on friday? >> well, as ali pointed out, those job numbers are volatile and they zigzag. that pattern has been in place, and we did see some very odd patterns. i'm sure there was no fixing of the numbers, but the numbers were odd. but these numbers often get sort of smoothed out over time. they recount, they become more accurate over time. we could see another zig in the other direction when that report comes out. some economists say they would not be surprised at all if the unemployment rate went back up to 8% or above 8%. that might straighten out some of the anomalies in the latest report. plus, when more people start to look for work, which is what
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happens in a recovery, they get counted as unemployed, which tends to pushz the numbers back up. it wouldn't be surprising if it got back up if we got a bad report, we could get a better report. the so-called fiscal cliff, this big set of spending and tax decisions coming at the end of the year, is really bumming out ceos. they don't know what to expect. nobody knows what their tax rate will be. so companies who can put off hiring are putting it off. >> if you were to advise the romney camp because they're counting on stumping on the bad economy, bad job growth, all of that, what would you advise them right now? would they need to recraft their message? stay away from it? how do they capitalize on their message and at the same time, not contradict what the latest numbers and indicators are saying? >> well, mitt romney is right when he says the economy is not recovering enough, but i think he's got a problem which is that when people sort of intuitively feel things getting better and they hear a candidate who keeps
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saying things are not getting better. things are not getting better fast enough. he comes off as a gloomy gus. so i think the best thing romney can probably do is we know he's going to continue telling us what's wrong with the economy. he's generally right about that. he should start talking about some of the positive proactive things he plans to do to really reinvigorate the economy and say this slow moderate growth is not good enough for america. we need to jazz it up. >> interesting, rick newman, chief biz correspondent, u.s. news. appreciate it. >> after a long extradition battle, a wanted terror suspect is finally in the u.s. today. we have the latest on what's happening in the case of al masri. [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus presents the cold truth.
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let's check some international stories at this hour. turkish soldiers are returning fire after three shells from syria landed inside turkey. it has been four days since clashes began between the two countries. the pope's former butler has been found guilty by the vatican court. he will serve a year and a half in jail for stealing the pope's confidential papers and leaking them to a journalist. he'll also have to pay the cost of the tile. >> in pakistan, a group of people are protesting u.s. drone attacks in that country. they're leading a march to south waziristan, but they say the demonstrators will not be allowed into the area. >> a wanted terror suspect arrived in the u.s. earlier this morning. radical cleric abu hamza al masri is now in new york.
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he's one of five men extradited today on terror chargers. >> he's wanted on 11 terrorist charges in the united states, including trying to set up a terrorist training camp at this ranch in oregon in 1999. he's accused of masterminding the kidnapping of 16 western tourists in yemen in 1998, including two americans. as well as abu hamza, four other men are being extradited to the u.s. two are accused of fund-raising for the taliban and chechen rebels online. two others for their involvement in the 1998ast africa embassy bombings which left 265 people dead. >> that was dan rivers reporting. now senior u.n. correspondent richard roth joining me. court hearings just ended. what is the latest? >> he was read his rights, the
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11 terrorism charges he referred to. he was in court in an earlier proceeding a short time before the other two men appeared. those two men, it was a formal arraignment, they pled not guilty. for this fiery cleric who according to u.s. authorities whipped up terror at a london mosque for years, well, he'll have his arraignment on tuesday afternoon. in court, all three men in the separate appearances had prison jump jumpsuits. one of the men refused to stand to hear the charges and he sat, and our cnn producer in the court tells me that he did not -- was shaking his head in agreemen almost, proud of the charges against him. the courtroom full with a lot of press, a saturday in new york, it's not often terror suspects are whisked in these days to new york proper, but they will face charges here in new york. two other men who pled not guilty in connecticut, those
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charges dan rivers referred to, fund-raising on the internet in separate cases. >> one of the other suspect's father said he's innocent and this is what he told cnn earlier. >> i am very disappointed. i thought we lived in a democratic country, and we have got the best legal system in the world and all that. i thought that we will get a fair trial, but i'm very disappointed. >> so meantime, there was another hearing, another court appearance this morning. what was that about? >> the men accused of fund-raising for terrorism appeared in connecticut wearing their uk prison garb still after that early-morning arrival, including the son of that man who was protesting the fact they were indeed extradited from the uk. all of these men fought for years through the courts in europe being shipped to the united states. they said the prison conditions
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they would face, perhaps if convicted in these maximum security jails, is unfair and illegal. now, in court, i mu add that for the number one more prominent man, hamza today, in demanded his protthetic limbs back. u.s. security had taken them away. it's not clear whether he's getting them back. he wears a hook for his one arm. a one-eyed former bouncer in the united kingdom. he has eye problems, diabetes, as well as other eye problems. they were represented by public defenders today. >> fascinating stuff. richard roth, thanks so much in new york. overcoming a disability is a tough enough battle. we'll meet a 13-year-old who figured out how to use his disability as a tool.
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steroids. clinics in 23 states received the tainted drugs. more than 17,000 vials have been recalled. doctors are still trying to figure out how many patients have been infected. >> jake is 13 years old and he stutters. but when he takes to the stage as a rapper, his words are crystal clear, with no signs of stuttering. dr. sanjay gupta has his amazing story in this human factor report. ? are you jay-z or kanye? >> listening to jake rap, you would have no idea he suffers from a speech disorder that's so debilitating, he used to keep to himself. >> he started speaking at the age of 2 and pretty much single words, it wasn't so bad. then when he would get into sentences with two or three words, that's when it started to come out. >> those who love jake knew he needs to get the words out.
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let him finish what he's speaking or saying. >> but many others tormented him. he was bullied. not only by his classmates by but his teachers as well. >> one teacher was like, doing this voice in drama class. and i was like, hi, and then like, the teach er went, i don' know what's more annoying, that voice or your stutter. >> jake's parents, robin and vee, invested a ton of time and money into therapy for their son, but nothing worked. then when he was 10 years old, a profound breakthrough at a summer camp. >> i was doing this rap battle. i was like, hey, i'm kind of
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good. >> now, jake is performing as lil' jake. smooth as can be. rhythm and cadence of rapping makes it easier for him to get the words out without stuttering. and for all those who used to torment him, the haters, they now serve as motivation for jake to perform for crowds of up to 20,000 people. dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. and you can learn more about jake's accomplishments in his own words at cnnhealth.com. bees in france are making some strange colored honey. it's because of a sweet tooth. beekeepers say the honeybees ate m & m candy residue from crates found at a nearby factory and that's the result. you saw green honey. the factory processes candy waste so you have kind of a purple there. you have blue, and red colored
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honey. keepers say it tastes like regular honey but it's still not going to be sold in stores. all right, he has rock star appeal at his rallies. so with this much support for the venezuelan president, you would think hugo chavez would have his re-election bid in the bag. we'll tell you why he's actually worried.
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a memorial service will be held monday for a u.s. border patrol agent killed arizona. the fbi thinks he may have been killed by friendly fire. they said they came under fire after responding to a sensor that went off. but authorities say the only shell casings found at the scene were those belonging to the agents. >> as you know, investigators have made progress into the investigation into agent's death, and they're looking into
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the possibility that it was a tragic accident. the result of friendly fire. the fact is the work of the border patrol is dangerous. all of us who wear the uniform know this and yet these men and women willingly put themselves in harm's way to serve their country and protect their communities. against those who wish to do us harm. >> that news comes as homeland security secretary janet napolitano travels to arizona to meet with officials and the family reacting to the border patrol agent's's death, she said in part, quote, this tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women confront, the dangers they willingly undertake while protecting our nation's boards, end quote. he's the third border patrol agent killed in the line of duty this year. >> the israeli air force has shut down a drone over the
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desert. take a look at this video which says the unmanned aircraft was spotted hovering over gaza after it entered the air space from the west. it was not carrying weapons or explosives. they're searching the area for the aircraft's remains. >> venezuelan president hugo chavez is up for re-election tomorrow. chavez has been president for 13 years now. and he's hoping that his ability to keep gas prices at the lowest in the world will help him in his re-election bid. we're joined now from caracas, venezuela. paula, what are the chances for chavez? >> you know, it really depends on who you listen to. i got off the phone with the opposition and they're basically saying polls, and by the way, you can't publish them right now, show that the opposition is leading hugo chavez from anywhere from four to eight percentage points. what does that mean? it's difficult to know where the election is going to go tromthat
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point. that's not a position that hugo chavez is used to finding himself in. the economy has done well in the last 14 years since hugo chavez has come into power. on the other hand, many say it was at the expense of a lot of infrastructure in the country and basically the government was taking the oil profits and trying to redistribute it and not spending in a very efficient way. it's hard to believe, this country still has huge infrastructure problems. you look around sometimes, anything from medical to the roads to schools, and it still has a ways to go even though it had all of that oil wealth. >> what is the explanation behind that? that's a big contradiction. >> it is a big contradiction, and you know, hugo chavez has been in power for a long time. says look, it takes time. that's my explanation. if you look at the indicators, yes, people in extreme poverty, he has been able to bring down the numbers. at the same time, his challenger, a 40-year-old man,
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lawyer, comes from the elite but says he will work for the poor. says look, this country has not been running its economy well, and chavez, it's really going to be a cliffhanger in the end to see which they side with. chavez has a cult following with some, but many analysts say his popularity has waned especially in the last year or so when he's battling cancer. he claims he's completely cured, but there's rumors otherwise. >> paula newton in caracas, thanks so much. all right, now through the end of november is a great time to actually see the leaves change colors. and we have some of the best places to check out in north america this time of year. where to stay, what to see, next.
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all right, fall is in the air and that means leaves are changing colors. if you want to experience fall at its prettiest, there are lots of spots around the country to check out. i talked to travel and leisure to find out the best places for fall foliage. >> first stop is the berkshires. this is in western massachusetts. this is where i got married in the fall. i have a huge love for this area. what i love to do is do all of the classic stuff. first, you have to go apple picking, and hilltop orchard is one of my favorite places. this is in richmond, massachusetts. not only do they have amazing varieties of apples, i love the honey crisp, but then they have the hay ride, cider doughnuts,
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and pies to die for. a great place to stay is stoneover farm. it's one of the main destinations in the berkshires if you're a fan of music, and it's lovely. the couple who run it have run it like a boutique hotel or boutique than a b & b. >> the blue ridge mountains, what is good for us? >> the leaves are later. you want to get the beautiful foliage. what is also incredible is there are 15 million acres of foliage in virginia. that's a lot of leaf peeping available to you. one of the most beautiful drives to do is the skyline drive through the shenandoah national park. this is just gorgeous. it's 103 miles so you're going to get your fill of leaf peeping. and i love a great place to stay is the inn at willow grove. this is only 11 rooms and very similar to stoneover farm.
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they have paid attention to all of the details. they have italian linens, they have gorgeous marble bathtubs and the works. this is a place where you're going to feel pampered and a diceant value. >> then when you say the word aspen, you don't think rustic, but you think about skiing. instead, we want to think about checking out fall leaves in aspen? >> aspen, colorado, is a beautiful destination every time of year. in high season, it can be quite expensive, but this is great time to go there. if you think about all of the mountains, they have all those beautiful aspen trees. it's stunning there. the maroon bells is an incredible hike you should take. a great place to go hiking, horseback riding, and you can even take a gondola up the mountain and see all of the sights in an easy way, in a gondola. at the base of the mountain is the gorgeous little nel. this is one of the premier hotels in aspen. you're going to get a better
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value there in shoulder season than the rest of the time. what i love about this hotel is their incredible service. >> great shoulder season for those of you who didn't know, like i didn't, off peak. check out this month's travel and leisure magazine. it's barely the size of a garden shed. but i'll show you a tiny little apartment that's fetching a huge price. ears are weird.
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nothing quite prepares you for something so small. this is it. all of it. there is no more. 10'4" by 8'4". i can't touch from one side to the other without hitting the wall. i am 6'1" tall. and this is the length of the flat. the apartment is a converted border's toilet and cloak room. a tasks even the estate owner's vocabulary. >> i would point out the high ceiling. i would point out the natural light coming through, the potential refurbishment, the
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location. >> the original asking price of $145,000 has been well exceeded. the current top offer is believed to be around $280,000 for one simple reason. the old rule, location, location, location. this tiny apartment is in the best part of london and next to the top people. >> you have haired's. >> it's been intense. more than 100 viewings, a dozen offers. ironically, the winner is likely to be an investor from greece. more than a quarter of a million dollars. it's an awful lot of money for not a lot of apartment. but if that is what someone will pay for it, then that's what 8-f
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is worth. richard quest, cnn, london. >> fascinating. very big stars are front and center at the box office this weekend. we grade their performances next. plaque psoriasis. i decided enough is enough. ♪ [ spa lady ] i started enbrel. it's clinically proven to provide clearerkin. [ rv guy ] enbrel may not work for everyone -- and may not clear you completely, but for many, it gets skin clearer fast, within 2 months, and keeps it clearer up to 9 months. [ male announcer ] because enbrel®, etanercept, suppresses your immune system, it may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal, events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, and nervous system and blood disorders have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal infections are common. don't start enbrel if you have an infection like the flu. tell your doctor if you're prone to infections, have cuts or sores, have had hepatitis b, have been treated for heart failure,
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okay, you know what they're doing, right? you know how to do that? the gangnam style dance. taking the streets of their hometown. 10,000 people turned out for this mass dance off that was held in conjunction with a festival. it mimics riding a horse. some are into it, some not really. that style of dance could join the charleston, the hustle, the mack macarena. the hit song gangnam song has more than 370 million hits on youtube since its release back in july. it's huge. >> all right, some familiar names starring in new movies this weekend.
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martin short, winona ryder, all starring in frankenweenie. andiam neeson is back in taken. good to see you. >> hey. >> i knew you were going to do that gangnam style. go, go, girl. let's start with frankenweenie. people are excited about it. first, let's watch a clip. >> they just move into a special place in your heart. >> i don't want him in my heart. i want him here with me. >> i know. if i could bring him back, i would. >> tim burton's frankenweenie is aleve. >> here comes tim burton. is my skull on straight? >> a lot of people with a lot of hard work into it. it's nice to see all of the artist's work come to life. >> hello, you.
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>> hello, you. >> you're hot. if i was 100 years younger, i would elope. i would even take you to venice. we would swim in the canals. >> you got your heart pills on you, martin? >> you're too bold. that was a fun unexpected surprise. you had a little fun on the red carpet there, as much fun going to the movie and seeing frankenweenie? >> absolutely. only tim burton could make reanimating a rotten dead corpse totally precious. i love this movie. >> you did? what did you like about it? >> i did. tim burton has been a little hit or miss recently, but frankenweenie is great because it's the regular frankenstein story with a really cute spin on it. victor, unfortunately, his dog sparky died and he has the idea to bring him back. he makes it happen, but unfortunately, all of the neighborhood kids figure out how he did it, and chaos ensues in
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their neighborhood. and the reason that this movie was great is because the voice talent in it like martin landau, who you saw me cuddling up with, he is fantastic as the science teacher in this movie, and i loved every second. it's funny, has a great message, and a really bold choice to be black and white. tim burton, totally back in form on this one. >> the looks more adult humor. this is not for the little kiddy in your life, is it in. >> it's rated pg, and i definitely recommend that people take a look at his original short film. he did it in 1984. that's what he based the movie on. it's a little bit dark, but i do think the kids can handle it. but pay attention to that pg because there were times when even i was scared. >> okay, so how does it rank on the tomato meter? >> this movie is certified fresh. 86%, a hugely high score. i love it. yay, it's alive. >> that's very fun.
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just in time for the halloween holiday, so to speak. next movie, taken 2. taken 1 with liam neeson was huge back in the day. his daughter goes off to europe and gets kidnapped, she along with a friend, and now this sequel. here's a clip. >> how's it going? >> listen to me. it's happened again. your mother and i are going to be taken. >> so this is the same or different in what way? >> oh, boy. well, taken had an advantage because it was a surprise. it was a great movie. liam neeson, nobody had seen him fighting before. so unfortunately, this movie really shows that that premise is waifer thin.
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so it becomes not beloved by critics but for everybody else out there who wanted to see some more action from liam neeson, yes, in fact, schindler still is punching co punching foreigners in this country. you still win on that level. >> you're not taken by "taken 2." >> i'm not, but critics are being way too hard on it. it kind of goes into a category of fun and ridiculous which i like to call fun-diculous. every word that comes out of everybody's mouth seems implausible. i have been where the movie is set, and the most realistic part is that american girls rin on turkish rooftops with grenades. >> how does it rank on the tomato meter? >> like i said, no one is giving it a break. it's rotten at 19%. >> that's harsh. >> so low. and i think liam neeson deserves
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better from us. maybe, however, not a full price ticket movie. maybe a good matinee. >> or wait until it comes out on dvd, is that what you're saying? >> maybe so. >> we had a little fun with frank frankenweenie. thank you very much. >> absolutely. thank goodness. >> have a great one. you can get all of gray's movie grades at rottentomatoes.com. >> a young nascar driver is making hispanic heritage month count. i'll tell you his story and who he's thanking for getting the opportunity to race. >> and if you have to go out today, you can continue watching cnn from your mobile phone and also live from your laptop. go to cnn.com/tv. to the gas stationobably gog about once a month. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. i go to the gas station such a small amount
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while investing billions improving everything from booking to baggage claim. we're raising the bar on flying and tomorrow we will up it yet again. he's one to watch burning up the track on the nascar circuit, and hae has many to thank. meet sergio pena. >> so much adrenaline rushing through your body, and you're so concentrated on hitting every mark and making sure everything you do is absolutely perfect. my name is sergio pena. i'm colombian and i'm a nascar driver. >> pena has been racing professionally since he was 13. motocross, go-carts, formula one, you nade it. now he's working his way up the
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nascar ranks. seeing the potential, nascar officials enrolled him in their drive for diversity program. a program designed to give minorities a chance to compete, gain experience, and exposer. >> i had a great two years there. they put my name on the map, gave me great opportunities. i learned a lot. >> he learned enough to land a big-time sponsor much to the delight of his father who spent over $1 million to fund his son'seft over the years. >> everything you make, you sort of dump it into the sport hoping he would get a shot at it. i wouldn't change a thing. but if i had to do it again, i think i would do it again. >> i'm so thankful that my dad supported my career. i wouldn't do anything i have been doing right now without him. it's been huge for the family, but now all of my hard work seems to be paying off. >> a great support system and the right opportunities will only get you so far. pena still has to deliver. and he has. >> his family is getting
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everything they had to put him in a position to be in the equipment he's in today. but sergio has done quite a bit of work as well. and he has to perform. sergio's been able to get the job done. >> last year, pena was tied for most wins in his series, and he finished fifth overall in points. he's eager and hungry to get to the next level. >> i really hope to be in the sprint cup series. if not, one of the top three series, especially the nationwide. i hope to compete with the big names. >> as for bringing more diversity to nascar, pena says the building blocks are there. >> the african-americans, latinos, and i think it's going to be great for the sport. if we can see diversity in nascar not only as drivers but fans as well, it will be a great thing for us. >> and congrats to sergio pena. he's also a full-time college student in virginia. he majors in media productions.
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welcome back to the news room. i'm fredricka whitfield. first off, allegations of a massive evidence tampering scandal in massachusetts. a state drug lab may have tampered with evidence in at least 34,000 cases. susan has the story for one woman who ended up behind bars on a drug charge. the whole thing seems unreal. >> it was refreshing because i didn't think it was real. >> but it was real. until last week, eliza johnson was doing about three years in prison on a drug conviction, then she was suddenly set free. >> what is it like to be out of prison? >> yay. i can breathe. >> breathe because of a bizarre alleged actions of this woman, former massachusetts chemist annie duken. >> can you tell us what happened?
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>> the state of massachusetts is accusing her of tampering with drug evidence that could call into question at least 34,000 cases going back to 2003. 34,000. at the moment, she faces only three charges. however, in boston alone, the d.a. estimates as many as 500 convicted felons could be set free. how big of a mess is this? >> at this point, susan, we don't know. >> at this lab now closed by the state, duken allegedly mishandled drugs seized by police for evidence at trial. she allegedly estimated the amount of drugs at times by simply looking at them and certified some drugs as cocaine that are now testing negative. she didn't just write down the wrong thing. prosecutors accuse her of doctoring evidence to change test results. >> she would take known cocaine from an area that she knew as cocaine and add them to the sample to make it cocaine.
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>> duken is also charged with lying on the witness stand about the credentials on her resume, including a master's degree in chemistry she never received. the question is why? was she trying to help police, was she trying to make herself look good? so far, it's a mystery. the only thing we know is what's in this court document where investigators say at first she denied doing anything wrong. but they say duken later admitted, quote, i screwed up big time. i messed a. i messed up bad. it's my fault. in some cases, duken's alleged tampering may have destroyed solid police work. in others, it may have wrongfully convicted the innocent. >> this is the most egriejs situation because this is government tainted evidence that has been presented against these individuals. >> how could something like this happen? >> i don't have the answer for that. the community has no confidence right now in the justice system because they're being told the
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evidence they're supposed to depend on is unlawful. >> we tried unsuccessfully for two days to reach duken's attorney. she's free on bail on court monitoring. this makes moms like stephanie cooper nervous. >> my son also. >> community organizer michael is worried about what will happen to this boston neighborhood. >> we're concerned about with people getting let back out, it's going to go back to what it used to be. >> eliza johnson insists she was wrongfully convicted of intent to sell crack on the street. after serving about half of her sentence, she's free for good and plans to challenge her conviction down the road, but what she cannot get back are the nearly two years she lost with her daughter, eight weeks before she was sent to prison. >> i lost my child.
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i lost custody of my child. and i don't know -- i don't know how to fix that. >> what do you think of the chemist who is now accused of -- >> destroying my life. i forgive her. as long as i have my daughter, that's all i care about. >> wow, susan candiotti joining us live. this so disturbing on so many levels. have investigators had any luck trying to narrow the focus of what the motive was? >> you know, fred, it is a mystery for now. there are so many possibilities. was she trying to help the police perhaps in her own mind? trying to make herself look good? was she taking shortcuts because she had a big case load? it's hard to figure this out. and in fact, remember, prosecutors said this woman lied on her resume by saying she had a master's degree in chemistry. she didn't even need that degree in order to get her job. there's so much to sort out here. >> and it doesn't just impact
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those serving time now, but others, too. what way? >> sure, remember, because this investigation will now go back nine years, that could involve people who already did their time and now they're out of jail. people who are out of parole already. how do you make these people right? if in fact they were involved in a case in which they were convicted because of tainted evidence? >> and it costs people time, like you saw the one young lady. she can't get the time back, but it's also costing a lot of money. >> sure, and her suvl liberties, too. it costs the state millions of dollars to investigate and try these people, and now they have to consider the cost of the additional investigation and what about if they decide to retry the cases and what about the possibility of civil lawsuits? this could be a lot. >> wow. all right, susan in new york, appreciate it. thank you. new developments today in the shooting that killed a u.s. border patrol agent. the fbi now thinks he may have
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died by friendly fire. the 30-year-old man was shot and killed this week in arizona. officials initially said he and his colleagues who were wounded in the incident, came under fire after responded to a sensor that went off, but authorities say the only shell casings found at the scene were those belonging to the agents. >> you know, investigators have made progress into the investigation, into agent ivy's death and are looking into the possibility that it was a tragic accident, the result of friendly fire. the fact is the work of the border patrol is dangerous. all of us who wear the uniform know this and yet this special breed of men and women willingly put themselves in harm's way to serve their country and to protect their communities. against those who wish to do us harm. >> that news comes as homeland security secretary janet napolitano travels to arizona to
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meet with officials and ivy's family. reacting to his death, she said in part, quote, the tragedy reminds us of the risk our men and women confront, the dangers they willingly undertake while protecting our nation's borders, end quote. ivy is the third border patron agent killed in the line of duty this we're. a judge read the 11 charges against al masri just oshort time ago in new york. he's one of five men extradited from the uk today on terror charges. his charges include conspiracy in connection with a 1998 kidnapping of 16 westerners in yemen. he's also charged with turning a london mosque into a training camp. he's going to be arraigned on tuesday. two of the other suspects have pled not guilty to the charges against them. september proved to be a lucrative month for the president's re-election campaign. take a look at the numbers. democrats raising $181 million. that's a record in the last
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month of the campaign. that cash could prove crucial, especially for ad buys in toss-up states like ohio, where obama rallied just yesterday. and with one presidential debate behind them, mitt romney is already gearing up for the next face-off with president barack obama. mr. romney held a rally in virginia yesterday and today in florida, preparing for the next debate hosted by our own candy crowley. romney will also hold a rally in maryland tonight. now to the new employment report. the labor department saying 114,000 jobs were created in september. and the unemployment rate fell, coming in at 7.8%. that's a drop of .3% from august. health care gave us the biggest boost in new jobs. transportation had a good month as well, with a 17,000 job gain.
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>> with only a month away now to the election, the big drop in unemployment has critics suggesting that the numbers may have been manipulated. we look at how the numbers are put together to find out if that's even possible. >> there are a couple things at play here. first, it's from 8.1% to 7.8%. i say forget it, erase it from your head. it doesn't matter. the thing you have to concentrate on is the number of jobs created. 114,000 is right around where we thought it would be. it's not inspiring, it doesn't say that things are bad. it doesn't say that things are good. what you want to be measuring is whether or not over time we're creating jobs, adding jobs to the u.s. economic landscape. the unemployment rate measures something different. that's phone calls that go to people's houses to find out whether they're employed, whether they work at home, it's a less reliable number because it shifts and measures different
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things on an on-going basis. the number of jobs created versus the number of jobs lost is an actual number. at the beginning of obama's term, we were losing an average of 750,000 jobs a month. 2009 started to improve. 2010, we saw it go up and then drop off. from the middle of 2010 onward, we have been creating jobs. the most important thing, though, out of today's numbers is not the drop in the unemployment rate. it's the addition of jobs in the previous two months. july and august, added 86,000 more jobs than we thought we had. it's typical to seize those numbers. the bottom line is you walk away from the jobs report, it's okay. it's not fantastic. it's not really enough for mitt romney to boast about.
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>> ali velshi reporting. in new york this morning, the navy commissioned the uss michael murphy. you can see the ceremony here. the navy's new guided missile destroyer. the ship was named for a navy s.e.a.l. killed in afghanistan back in 2005. lieutenant murphy was shot when he ran out into enemy fire, trying to get a clear signal to call for back-up for his four-man team. murphy grew up on long island and was also awarded the medal of honor. >> the verdict is in for a man in the pope's inner circle, but a guilty verdict may be tempered with mercy with the release of confidential documents. and military wives go topless in support of their husba husbands. find out how the pictures are launching a sizable movement. and later, he was a bond, james bond.
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in just one movie. he reveals why he turned down the chance to do more james bond films. >> my name is bond. james bond.
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israel this morning. they said it had entered israeli air space. they're searching the area for remains of the drone. it's not yet clear where the drone originated. >> into russia where an 11-year-old boy found the remains of a woolly mammoth sticking out of frozen mud. they named it after the boy who found it. it may be more than 20,000 years old. it may have been killed by an ice-age man. really? wow. >> another story making headlines around the world today, the pope's former butler found guilty. the vatican supreme court announced today that paolo gabriele will spent a year and a half in jail for stealing the pope's confidential papers and leaking them to a journalist. john thth mann is here with me now. he gets a guilty, but he's really very lucky. because he just might get a break later. >> he might, and the first thing
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we have to say is yes, the butler did it. if you ever saw the da vinci code, this is not that. there are no dead people. no mystery. he admitted from the outset he took the documents. the court considered that. he didn't make any money from it. he wasn't expecting to make money from it. he said he was guided by the holy spirit to try to fight corruption in the church. he thought he was helping. although he admits the errors of his ways, the court said he did it in good faith but you made a mistake. he was sentenced to three years in jail. they cut the sentence to 18 months, and there's every prospect and the vatican has been hunting that the pope will pardon him. >> plus, he wrote a letter asking for forgiveness? >> they have asked for clemency. he's sentenced to a year and a half in jail. first, the vatican doesn't have a prison so he's not going to be doing hard time spanish
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inquisition style. it was that he would serve his time in an italian prison. in italy, if you're sentenced to 18 month or less, you stay home. so paolo gabriele is back home with his three kids and his wife. so as convkts go, he's doing okay. >> he's one lucky man. or one blessed man in this case. >> this is an extraordinary thing. he just said that he really was trying to help the pope. he said he doesn't feel like a thief, but he feels like he betrayed the trust of a man he considers his father. it's infused with a strange mixture of faith and allegations of corruption. they were published as a best selling book in italy. it caused quite a fuss. the vatican investigated. it was like wikileaks in the united states. they had no idea who was getting these papers. it was the man serving the pope breakfast, who was stealing the papers.
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>> for 20 years, his loyalty to the papacy. >> he also stole a check for up with for euros. he's got the pope's check, a nugget of gold, a historic manuscript that must have been worth $1 million at least. the bottom line, he claims he was trying to help in a misguided way. >> a lot of the papers became public documents so not, i guess some of what you think would be secret is public material anyway. but did the vatican feel like they were in any way harmed by the publishing of some of the documents or papers? >> they were. i mean, think about all of the scandals around the catholic church in years. here's a whole other one, instead of coming from some unknown source, these are documents with the pope's own stamp on them. there was no question about the authenticity of the documents. here's one of the interesting things. the vatican launched an
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investigation, cardinals were put to work to try to figure out where the leaks were coming from. that investigation is eventually what led to this arrest. that investigation has never been made public. hanging over this is the fact that he said at the outset that he had others working with him. now all of a sudden, they have found their guy and he's not talking about having any acco accompli accomplices. case closed and the cardinal's investigation is not being made publ public. we don't know what they found out or how widespread the effort was to try to embarrass the pope and uncover these allegations of corruption. >> stillenshrined in a bit of secrecy. still makes for a good mystery. thanks so much. appreciate it. fascinating stuff. some women in this country now are going topless for a good cause. we'll show you why these military wives are baring it all and how just one photo sparked an entire movement.
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about post traumatic stress disorder. they're going topless for their cause. our affiliate shows us how the wives came up with the idea to battle bare. >> ashley uses this eyeliner to bring attention to more than just her eyes. she pens the pledge on her back of army wife jennifer brown for a photo to add to the group's facebook page. >> this pledge that you're making for your spouse is just as important as marriage vows. >> wise said she came up with the pledge and battling bare at a desperation which she said grew when she try today get help at ft. campbell for her husband with ptsd. >> maybe a naked woman would get attention and they wouldn't sweep me under the rug. i decided to do a photo campaign and it was what i call a god moment. ten minutes later, it was on facebook. >> this is a picture wise took wearing her husband's hat and holding his gun, but she said
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her husband was not her only inspiration. >> my husband's dog tags were found in his car when they retrieved his car and brought it back to me after they found my husband's body. >> her husband committed suicide in march. she says her husband sought help for ptsd but it wasn't enough. >> our soldiers have a lot to say. they have a lot bottled up inside of them. and no one's listening. i feel like they're afraid to be able to say what they need to say because they're afraid it's going to hurt their record. >> it's a silence wise and the other women hope to break with battling bare's mission. >> insuring that the stigma of ptsd goes away and people talk about it. that's really the biggest thing. and in talking, there's healing. and not ignoring it because ignoring it, people are dying. >> one picture, pledge, and soldier at a time.
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the cdc says more people have died from fungal meningitis infections. seven confirmed deaths, 69 people in nine states are sick. it started after they received steroid injections for back pain, and the medicine was tainted. now, physicians and clinics are checking patient records to see how many received the contaminated injections. brian todd has detailed. >> just a week after getting a steroid injection she thought would help her, janet russell is in intensive care in a tennessee hospital. that tainted injection might well have given her meningitis. her family is more than just concerned. >> we're sick is the main thing. >> this doesn't happen in
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america. i know -- i hope that doesn't sound -- but you're thinking this is something that is not even real. >> their mom is more than one of two dozen people in tennessee and dozens more in at least seven states believed to be victims of an outbreak of fungal meningitis from bad steroids. some have died. meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. they believe the victims got it from a tainted batch of this steroid injected into the spinal column to treat back pain. in maryland, a state where hundreds of people could have been exposed, we went to clinics known to have received shipments of the steroid. add the surge center, at least six people got injexzs. >> the ones we have talked to have all been fine, and hopefully they'll continue to be fine. they say the symptoms can take a while to show up. >> but other clinics here could have a bigger problem. an administrator at the green spring surgery center in this
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building in baltimore did not want to go on camera with us but did tell us they had 300 patients who got injunctions of that drug. they're working with federal and local officials to investigate the case. they have contacted all 300 of the patients. the ones who have had mild symptoms they have urged to get checked. the administrator said they have no confirmed cases from this facility for people who got the drug. they're disponted in the drug manufacturer and that manufacturer put patients at riv. the manufacturer is the new england compound center in massachusetts. they said they have recalled that steroid, is working with health officials in the investigation, and has shut down temporarily. quote, the thoughts and prayers of everyone employed by the necc are with those who have been affected. as for this form of meningitis, how dangerous is this? is this very contagious? >> this type of meningitis is not believed to be trance miscible from person to person so we're really reaching out to
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people who have been exposed to the contaminate ed product. >> those symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, stuff neck, and unlike patients with other types of meningitis, they can even get small strokes. officials are scrambling to get the word out to as many people as possible who may have taken the steroid. brian todd, cnn, baltimore. >> and it sounds really futuristic, but it's not far off. 3-d printing at home. we'll show you how. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time,
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and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ]his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well.
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printing is becoming more
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affordable and more innovativin. soon, we'll be able to print shoes, jewelry, and buttons right from our homes. laurie takes a look at how 3-d printing is going mainstream. >> see this paper here? this is what you think of when you think of traditional printing. wewent to a fair where 2-d printing was a thing of the past. 3-d printers read blue prints that users download to a computer. so here's one getting a rlot of attention. the thing people are excited about with form one, the detail. >> the technology allows us to get much higher resolution. >> i'm going to want to beat you in chess using this one. >> you're going to want to beat me using this one. >> good. the form one uses a different process than most 3-d printers, light as opposed to heat, and in general, in the crowded field, it's wonky tech.
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>> here's a sign that 3-d printing may be becoming main stream. they opened up a retail store just recently in new york city devoted to selling the printers. maker bot just released its replicator two. it's a faster model that produces higher resolution products. >> this is our fourth generation machine. >> industrial 3-d printers have been around for decades from printing prosthetic limbs to food. they're getting closer to household use. teachers are starting to use them, too. a program at nyu deployed them in schools. >> they were able to put them out on a table and created a river in the sand table and then flooded the river. what that allowed the kids to do is see how soil erosion works. >> right now, they can only print plastic and a six-inch item can take an hour to print, but they can spur innovation.
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>> you lost a button, you want to download drivers for your printer and download the new button. >> much cooler than this, right? >> i think so. >> imagine being able to print something like your own shoes in your home. that's pretty interesting. look, it's still expensive. it's still $2,000 to $3,000 to buy one of the ones we showed you in the segment. we're not there yet, but i spoke to maker bot's founder. you saw him in the segment. what he said is we're just at the beginning of this. you can imagine in the future the types of things we would be able to actually print in our own homes. >> all right, sky's the limit. thanks so much. for more high-tech ideas and reviews, go to cnn.com/tech and look for the gaming and gadgets tab. all right, more than a million kids are having to take care of their sick parents or other family members. we'll meet the cnn hero who is helping them get their childhood back. that i could smoke
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more than 1 million children are caring for ill, disabled, or aging family members. more than a third of these are under the age of 12. that's where this week's cnn hero steps in. >> you okay? here, let me tep you. my mom has been sick for as long as i can remember. you need more methadone. helping her out is a bigger priority than going to school. because i don't know what i would do if something happened to her. i wouldn't be able to really live. >> in the united states, there are at least 1.3 million children caring for someone who is ill or injured or elderly or disabled. they can become isolated. there are typical effects, the stresses of it and the worries -- >> thank you, baby. thank you so much. >> but these children suffer silently. people don't know they exist.
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>> i'm connie siskowski. i'm bringing this precious population into their lives to transform their lives so they can stay inschool. we offer each child a home visit. we look at what we can provide to meet the need. we go into the schools with a peer support group, and we offer out of school activities that give the child a break. >> this is so relaxing. >> we give them hope for their future. >> now, i'm getting as and bs. and i feel more confident. >> we have a long way to go. there's so many more children that really need this help and support. >> connie is with me now. so, you know, connie, a lot of people don't imagine that there are so many children taking care
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of their family members. how and when did you learn about this? that there was this need? >> well, fredricka, i took care of my grandfather as a child. but then i went to first international conference on family care giving in london in 1998 and learned about how far ahead they were than we are. having identified this population, and with the encouragement of my husband, i went back to school to get my ph.d., and it was during that doctoral research that i discovered the prov levalence a our population. >> you organization can only help so many. you said it is a very prevalent problem. is it your view that, you know, maybe public organizations or agencies need to step in to help, to offer more assistance to these kids and these families? >> absolutely. i mean, we can't do it all
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alone. but we have proven a successful motto that we want to replicate in other parts of the country. and even a little bit of support makes so much difference for these children, and knowing that they're not alone as they face the many challenges that are really adult-sized challenges. >> in fact, you testified before a senate subcommittee. what was the reaction? did it seem as though your testimony is going to provoke any real assistance or change or was it enlightening to many of those in that subcommittee? >> actually, that was before i got involved with children. it was dealing with family care giving issues related more to adults. >> so in your view now, what does it mean to be one of the top ten cnn heroes? clearly, your organization and efforts have been recognized in the struggles of these kids, but
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how has it impacted or changed the way you're able to conduct big business and reach out to those in need? >> we are so thankful to cnn because one of our big challenges has been raising awareness. and you have done that. we have heard from people from 32 states and the uk and canada, and many others who want to help as well as to begin to support children in their own community, and that's the only way that we'll reach our goal that no child in the united states should have to drop out of school because of family care giving responsibilities. >> connie, thank you so much. and congratulations on being one of the top ten, and of course, those at home, you can vote on these honorees who are all being honored. top ten honorees. go to cnnheroes.com. the winner will receive $250,000. as many as 7 million students are chronically absent
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missing one of every ten school days. it's a problem for at least 5
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million elementary and high school students. athena jones looks at how one school system is fighting back. >> we're going to try to teach you to make a dedecision. >> jerrodd williams has come a long way. in seventh grade, he missed 33 days of school and was in danger of dropping out. >> i would stay home, play a game. eat, sleep, and that's about it, watch tv. >> williams struggled to get passing grades at a school where he didn't feel the teachers cared. that's where karen came in. she handled attendance issues. >> i saw him on the first day of school, and one of the teachers who knew him said this boy hasn't been in school for days and days and days. we approached him and said this is going to be a very different school year for you. we expect to see you here. >> in eighth grade, high missed just five days of school. the following year, just two. at 17, he's now a sophomore in high school with perfect attendance and his grades have improved, especially in math.
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>> i got bs and b pluses and one a. >> a study estimates 5 million to 7.5 million k-12 students are chronically absent each year. s each year, meaning they miss one day out of every ten. maryland, is one of six states just tracking the issue. >> it is really a hidden problem, like bacteria, it creates problems, we don't know it. >> the repeated absences are common in high school and low income schools, often, due to transportation and health issues they miss school, sometimes because they have to work and take care of family members. >> we are texting possibilities now, the school system is texting principals, saying you know, there are a large number of students ability from your roles, what is going on.
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>> they alert parents about absences, using robo calls, students are now rewarded for good attendance, like this elementary school. >> who is excited to come to school every day? >> which won a field trip, a grant and a visit from the mayor. >> elementary schools ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we won! >> we won. >> a trip to port discovery. >> athena jones, cnn, baltimore, maryland. and for 50 years, movie audiences have been thrilled by the super spy movie, james bond. >> i think a lot of men would be able to get a girl when they want. >> my fascinating conversation with george lazenby, and why he only played in one bond movie.
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it is one of the most famous guitar rifts in movie history. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> and you know what is coming after you hear that? well, behind those strums there, the man who performed the james
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bond theme, he first played it when the movie was created in 1952, and made just $15. but in the '90s he started to earn royalties. he took part in the honoring of the james bond movies. and adele releases the theme song for the new james bond movie "sky fall". >> let the sky fall ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ we will stand tall, face it all ♪ ♪ ♪ >> so the movie hits theaters in november. and it may be no surprise that the new theme song is already topping the itunes charts, she sold 12 million copies of her last album "21". only one actor has played the sexy spy in just one film.
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and that man is george lazenby in 1969 he appeared on her majestys secret service, and turned down an offer to play in several more bond films. but before playing bond, he had been a model in his native country, australia, and told me how nervous he was during the a audition. >> i was way above my head here, i couldn't fool this guy any longer, i had not spoken in front of the camera in years. >> so i wonder if you had to say bond, james bond, just right, didn't you? >> yes, i know, and i did. >> bond, james bond. >> do you want it now is that what you're asking? >> yeah, sure.
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>> let me get in the mood. >> okay. >> my name is bond, james bond. >> very effective. and you got to say that a few times in that movie, in her majesties secret service. so what was that experience like being james bond in know movie, and saying you know what? this is enough for me, just one? >> well, enough for me, was management talking to me. because they told me james bond was over, the hippies are in, and all of this stuff. and "easy rider" was the number one movie. but the bond thing, i did all of my own stunt, by the way, i am the only one that did that and didn't know that the others didn't do it. and that is where this line came, this never happened to the other guy. i would say did the other fella have to do this?
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and they would say yeah, yeah, say that line of yours. i would say what, they said say that line again, this never happened to the other fella. >> so in hindsight, do you feel that if you asked for a stuntman you would have contracted to do more movies? >>, because the reason i didn't do it now, my manager told me i'm better off getting out of it, this is sean connery's gig, nobody is wearing a suit anymore. you have to imagine the late '60s, early '70s, everyone had flowers, make love, not war. it was totally anti-bond. and i believed them. >> so do you regret listening to their advice? >> i do, i wished i would have done two, to prove to people that they didn't throw me out, that i threw them out. not that it makes any difference
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anymore. >> so do you have any favorites? i realize you say you didn't watch any of the bonds, but do you have a favorite actor who played besides yourself? >> well, of course, sean connery, i'll give you an example. 1962, i went to see the doctor, i had a 20% chance of getting lucky on the way in, and a 70% chance of not. i said i wanted to be that guy. tell me, does this compensate for having no hands? >> he is a cool guy, i only met him a couple of times briefly. but i just find him -- a real man. >> oh, james bond, i mean george lazenby, thank you so much for your time. and happy anniversary on 50 great years of james bond and your role in it, as well. >> well, thank you, it has been my pleasure. >> handsome then, and now, hey
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once a bond, always a bond. well, mr. lazenby is the proud father of three children, and says while he has some regrets about not fulfilling more bond roles, he said he would not have become a father had his life taken another turn. welcome back to the cnn news room, i'm fredricka whitfield. all right, we begin with new developments in the shooting that killed the u.s. border patrol agent, authorities believe that nicholas ivie may have been shot by friendly fire. he was shot and killed in arizona, authorities say the only shell casings found at the scene were those belonging to the agents. >> as you know, investigators have made progress into the investigation -- into agent
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ivie's death. and are looking into the possibility that it was a tragic accident. the result of friendly fire, the fact is, the work of the border patrol is dangerous. all of us wear the uniform know this, and yet this special breed of men and women willingly put themselves in harm's way to serve their country and to protect their communities against those who wish to do us harm. >> and that news comes as homeland security secretary janet napolitano traveled to arizona to meet with officials and ivie's family. she said this tragedy reminds us of the dangers the men and women confront, the dangers they take willingly to protect our borders. ivie is the third border patrol agent killed this year. and a juddge read the chargs
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against abu masri, whose charges include the 1998 kidnapping of westerners in yemen. he is also accused of turning a london mosque into a training camp for radicals. abu masri will be sentenced next week. and leon panetta is not happy with the president of afghanistan, karzai says the u.s. is not doing enough to fight in pakistan, and wants the u.s. to send planes. leon panetta said that karzai should not be complaining. >> we have lost over 2,000 u.s. men and women. also lost forces there, and the afghans have lost a large number of their forces in battle.
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those lives were lost fighting the right enemy, not the wrong enemy. and i think it would be helpful if the president every once in a while expressed his thanks for the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died for afghanistan. rather than criticizing them. >> and we'll have to see if leon panetta gets the response he is looking for from president karzai of afghanistan. so with the exception of maybe winning the election in november, september could turn out to be barack obama's best month. that is because his campaign is reporting it raised 181 million last month, that is a new report. that, plus the jobs report showing unemployment now below 8%. had the president all smiles as he rallied supporters in ohio yesterday.
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for gop contender mitt romney, he is still basking in the glory of what many said was a big win in the debate. after studying for the second debate, he is planning to throw a big debate rally tonight in florida. romney and obama face each other in just ten days, october 16th. now to the labor report, 114,000 jobs were said to have been created in september. and the unemployment number fell, a drop of 3/10th of a%. transportation had a good month, as well. posting a 17,000 jobs gain. so with the election only a month away now, the big drop in unemployment had some suggesting that the numbers may have been manipulated. lisa sylvester puts the numbers together to find out if that is even possible. >> reporter: the labor
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department has a bureau that every month asks 400,000 businesses in all sorts of fields, from retail to manufacturing to hotel services, to all around the country how many people are on your payroll. that number is reported as the payroll survey on the first friday of every month, which is what we usually call the jobs number. in september, 114,000 payroll jobs were added. but there was another survey done, this one from the census bureau, about 600 households are phoned every month, asked if thi they are working. the household report pushed the unemployment rate down from 8.1% to 7.8%. that is a strong jobs showing, good news for the white house. but some nay sayers wonder if it is too good to be true. jack welch, former ceo, tweets
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unbelievable jobs numbers, the chicago guys will do anything, can't debate, so change numbers. and one group suggested maybe somebody played with the numbers. >> very good timing for the president. if he mapped it out to be able to have it, this is one you would want to have. he placed the unemployment as the longest time in history knew. >> but the labor department scoffed at the notion that anybody manipulated the jobs report. >> it is collected by the interviewers who are all career federal employees. so you would have to imagine that the people who participate in the survey, and they do this voluntarily, are for some reason trying to manipulate things. >> and it is not unusual for the surveys, one based on asking the companies, the other based on asking individuals, to have a wide difference, why?
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the household survey shows all sorts of workers, including self-employed and certain agriculture workers. and it is based on a much smaller sample than the other businesses. keith hall says that the numbers can vary widely. >> i understand people's frustrations and suspicion when the unemployment rate goes down, you know, right before an election. but in reality, the -- all the federal statistic agencies, including the bureau of labor statistics, they're independent agencies and have a long tradition of being very professional and nonpolitical. >> to change the report? well, that would be a crime and also very difficult to do. lisa sylvester. >> and as you saw in that report, former ceo of general electric, jack welch, was one that asked about the numbers. he appeared on anderson cooper last night to talk about the tweet he sent out. >> i have a tweet out there that
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i stand by. i can't prove anything that they did anything to anything. >> but i mean, in your heart do you believe they somehow cooked the books? >> i don't really know, but i do know this, that these numbers are implausible. >> but so many politicians say that somebody will say something not factual, or not provable. is it responsible to say these chicago guys will do anything, oh, i'm just asking the question. >> you should have put the question like i did last night. a question mark would have been better at the back of that? >> so you are kind of backing away. >> i am not backing away. >> do you wish you could amend the tweet. >> i wish i had the same comment, same implication. >> i don't pretend to be an expert on this stuff, but -- the camera there? ali, what do you make of jack welch's tweet, and what are you saying tonight?
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>> anderson, this is very troubling, anybody who has asked me my entire career who the best ceo is, the answer would be jack welch, jack welch needs to be out there helping the country get back on track. there are ceos and all sorts of people, re-tweeting what he has said. i think there are questions to be asked about the methods, pay take pla -- attention to the survey, the hours worked, that is what touches people. to say something like this is like donald trump, saying that president obama is not a citizen, without any proof. you are jack welch, take this opportunity while people are listening to you, i'm taking the tweet back, i exaggerated, there are problems, that is like asking the governor, how often do you beat your wife?
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>> i should have had the question mark on the back of it. let's face it, the fact is, we had 25 economists polled before this number came out. the average number they expected was about 115,000. not one of them did have a number below 8.1. >> all right, jack welch there, and the next number is due out in just four days before the election. all right, would you believe that a 220 pound teacher is suing, because he said a 60 pound student beat him up. our legal experts will weigh in on that one. and new, on a documentary called "winged planet."
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this is kind of an odd case, too, this one in new york and queens, it involves a gym teacher who said his ankle was broken, his knee injured after saying a first grader who was
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all of 50 pounds or so -- who apparently assaulted him. and now he, the gym teacher's right here who was a good 220 pounds and 5'10", says he wants compensation for medical costs of $10,000. he wants it from the school district. and these are the two, the gym teacher and the child, actually, pleading their case, let's listen first. >> he was very strong, he was cking me, like using like the heel of his -- his feet to kick me in my legs, he spun around, belted me right directly on my right knee. and i was trying to move back away, but i was like by the stairs and stuff. so i heard a big pop to my knee. >> when you asked him, did you kick the man, what did he say? >> he said no, mommy. >> did you kick him? >> i don't know, i forget. >> oh, gosh, this is so awkward, richard, first, where do we
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begin on this? i'm sure john webster, the gym teacher, was really in a tough situation because you can't physically stop the child, because you could face assault charges. he says he got injured. >> that is the problem, you know, my mother and sister are teachers, they can't bring glocks to school with them, some of the teachers, if they lay a hand on the student they will get prosecuted, lose their jobs. this is a tough situation to be in. this guy is not 220, at least 240 in that picture. and for him to tell his friends, sit around and say some six-year-old kid beat me up and bullied me. can you imagine that? the problem is this child had a tendency to fight with the other students and administrators, he is saying that and that the school did nothing about it. they allowed the condition to continue, and as a result of that he got injured.
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he is not only suing for meds, but for damages, as well, this is a big case. >> so avery, the school, he says they're at fault for letting this kid, who has a reputation for being a trouble-maker. >> well, a trouble-maker, because he needed medication, they now have him on medication. let me tell you something, this is not a bad case, i don't think. i think it is bad journalism. and saying that a kid beats up a 220-pound man, that is basically a worker's compensation case, take the kid to the principal's office. by the way, started monkeying around with the principal and the safety officer, as well. but the teacher got kicked in the knee, it is absolutely legitimate, worker's comp case, it is bad journalism, i think it is a good case.
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telling us what the camps are doing to get ready for the next showdown. >> hey, fred, with the first presidential debate and the september jobs report now in the past, now they focus on the running mates. vp joe biden and congressman paul ryan will face their showdown in danville, kentucky, and both sides will spend a lot of time preparing. meanwhile, president obama out on the campaign trail is showing some of the energy he didn't show at the first presidential debate in denver. >> now, my opponent is doing a little tap dance. at the debate the other night, he tried to wiggle out of stuff he has been saying for a year. doing like a -- it was like -- dancing with the stars. or maybe it was extreme makeover. debate edition. >> expect to see a more aggressive debater when the president and mitt romney face off again in a week and a half.
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for romney, the debate offered a chance to question the president's priorities. >> i thought it was a good chance for us to ask each other questions. i asked the president some of the questions i know people across america have wanted to ask him. i asked him for instance, why with 23 million americans that were looking for work and wanted a president to focus on the economy going, he instead spent his first three years fighting for obama care. >> by the way, the next moderator is cnn state of the union anchor, candy crowly. >> as paul said, it is the much anticipated vice president debate. our coverage begins at 7:30 eastern time. all right, who wouldn't want to fly like an eagle? when we get back, we'll give and bird's eye view of the world.
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. an amazing documentary that shows life from a bird's point of view is about to take flight. the film is called "winged planet" and airs on the discovery channel. the filmmakers actually strapped two birds to get the amazing films. i spoke to the author on how they were able to get so close. >> we use a lot of techniques, one that is so important is that we would imprint birds when they came out of the egg, and the first thing they see is their mother. the person, they will follow that person wherever they go. and in the end, we were able to fly with them in ultralights and other aircraft, and film them wing tip to wing tip as though you're in there with the birds. with vultures, we actually took them into the air and flew with them. and they actually carried a camera on their backs and flew on high.
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we used the aircraft to actually gain height so the birds didn't have to do the huge work to get the effect. we could release them from the ultralight, and you know, let them fly and show us the world as they see it. >> this is an opportunity to really showcase some birds, so that people who are not generally familiar with, you had a very rare wild species of flamingoes, of course the ones we see there, what was it about the particular birds that you could use to tell the stories, how they exist and survive? >> well, we chose the interesting species, the species that characterized the continent, the birds are associated with africa and occur in incredible numbers. we were so lucky we got there and managed to film them when they were in the highest numbers recorded for the last 25 years.
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we were able to capture them with remote cameras and flying devices, as well, into their world. but i think what was most remarkable about when we filmed that, we could also show their interaction with other predators, the others who came to hunt them. and the fish eagles which would come and try and take them from the lake. all the time we were sort of looking for the species which could, if you unravel its life story, it has an amazing story to tell. >> and in fact, we have the video of the baboon, who tried to capture the bird, it took you a 100 days to capture this image. you already knew this type of potential was there? and that is why you gave it the hundred days that you did? >> yes, well, sometimes you have to make some good bets, and just continue and continue. we knew it would happen, but it is very rare, unusual in these particular conditions in the lake. you need a high number of
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flamingoes, and make sure that the baboons are not feeding on some of the usual food they feed on. >> tell us about the drone technology. >> the drone technology was starting to come into the forefront, just at the very end of the project. and what is so wonderful about that, it is very quiet. it doesn't disturb the animals, and -- you can perk -- i mean, it flies wherever you want it to, and then it comes back to you. >> and this incredible moment, the king of the jungle, so to speak, the animal, with its kill. but the vultures harass a lion while he is kind of eating his dinner, or whatever there. and you wait and watch and see how they taunt him and just irritate the lion, until finally he says, okay, i'm done, you can have the rest. >> yes, and it is